Dating apps blamed for rise in syphilis

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Over the past one year, there has been a 20 percent rise in the incidence of STIs.

According to the report, gonorrhea numbers in England are up by 22 percent from 2016 to 2017, with 44,676 diagnoses recorded past year. Local STI services can be located online via NHS Choices.

Public Health England (PHE) data revealed that 422,147 new diagnoses were made at sexual health services in 2017 and although that was about the same number as in 2016, STIs were found to have increased, with 7,137 diagnoses of syphilis reported - a 20% increase on 2016 and 148% increase relative to 2008.

It is the largest annual number of reported cases since 1949. Those aged between 35 and 44 followed at 26%.

The body called for strengthened services for better prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Chlamydia accounted for 31 percent (15,284) of all new cases of STI's in men who have sex with men.

More than 400,000 new diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections were made in England previous year, with cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea on the rise according to official figures. This is mainly because gonorrhoea strains that are affecting people are becoming increasingly resistant to the antibiotics that are at hand.

It was reported, following a BBC freedom of information request, that 72 out of 151 councils in England are planning to cut sexual-health funding in the year 2018-19. But it has been on the rise in recent years.

Councillor Izzi Seccombe, chairwoman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said the rise in attendances was placing a "significant strain" on council resources.

The report also shows that there's been an eight percent decline in chlamydia testing and a two percent drop in chlamydia diagnoses in 15-24-year-olds.

"A reduced ability to identify, test and treat exposed people means they may be unaware of their infection and could be spreading it to others", Landers said. Overall chlamydia testing had fallen by 61% since 2015. The recommendations also emphasize on high-quality relationships and sex education at schools.

Dr Gwenda Hughes, consultant scientist and head of the STI section at Public Health England, said: 'Sexually transmitted infections pose serious consequences to health - both your own and that of your current and future sexual partners. She explains that there is a high risk of infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease and danger to the unborn babies.

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